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Lon Symensma’s French Restaurant Will Be Ready by New Year’s Eve

LeRoux is the Denver chef’s biggest LoDo debut since ChoLon, next door to it

An original rendering of LeRoux at 1555 Blake Street
Semple Brown [official]

Technically, Denver chef Lon Symensma’s newest restaurant, LeRoux, will serve food from across the European continent when it opens on December 28 at 1555 Blake Street. But with that name, the chef’s classical training, and promises of an after-dinner cheese cart rolling around the restaurant, LeRoux is very likely to make a big splash on the city’s now growing fancy French dining scene, just in time for New Year’s.

If it’s any indication, Symensma wants LeRoux to generate fandom for its foie gras in the same way that his perpetual hotspot ChoLon has done so for soup dumplings, the chef told the Denver Post. Though menu details are still sparse, he’s been recipe testing an Alsatian lamb choucroute garnie with Merguez sausage and sauerkraut, as well as some oyster and foie gras skewers with truffle.

The restaurant space is starting to look very much like an upscale bistro, designed by Semple Brown — see also Tavernetta and the Kitchen restaurants — with gray-blue walls and black-and-white tiled flooring. Meanwhile, ChoLon Concepts is also working on the new location of its street food spot, Cho77, next door to both ChoLon and LeRoux on Blake Street; across town on South Broadway, BorraCho Tacos just replaced Cho77 at its first location. This pace is about right for a mile-a-minute restaurateur who will have to slow down once the French meat platters (and don’t forget the cheese) start rolling.


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